Travel within 0 to 50 mile limit


Melanie Manion
Natural Resources Management Supervisor for Ottawa County Parks
11500 Sleeper
Grand Haven, MI 49417 [work]
(616)443-6323 [cell]
Preferred way to contact:  email

Honorarium: $75.00 per hour
Travel limited to the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Muskegon

Presentation Topics:
Invasive Species, gardening with native plants and gardening for pollinators

Experience:  Beyond being the Natural Resources Supervisor for the Ottawa Parks Department Melanie has designed several personal native landscapes and works with park planners to develop formal native landscapes.  Melanie has also given many presentations on native plants and invasive plants.

Renata Reibitz
Perennial Manager - MSU Horticulture Gardens
1066 Bogue St., B110 Plant and Soil Science Bldg.
East Lansing, MI 48824 [work] [personal]
517-355-5191 x330 [work]
586-243-8395 [cell]

Honorarium: $100 donation to gardens = mileage
Travel limited to 25 miles from East Lansing

Subjects:  Perennials, deer, spring and fall cleanup, tool care


Roger Sutherland
5488 Warren  Ann Arbor, MI 48105
phone:  (734) 668-9568,  cell:  (734) 646-8551
preferred contact:  no preference
Honorarium:  $45.00


(Programs are typically 45minutes to 1 hour long)  Programs with a (BK) are more suited to a beekeeper audience. “THE FASCINATING WORLD OF BEES AND BEEKEEPING”
A slide-lecture program designed to give a close-up look at the highly organized honey bee colony. Some attention is given to the practice and history of beekeeping. The important flower and honey bee relationships, pollination, swarming, and bee communication are also included.


Flowers and other plant parts provide nectar, pollen and propolis for honey bees and other insects. This slide narrated program gives the viewer a close-up look at major nectar producing plants, when they bloom and the kind of honey the nectar produces. The program focuses  especially  on plants  in Michigan.


In this program we will display several of the types of straw skeps used for centuries by early beekeepers. The program will explain how these hives were managed by beekeepers. Some of these skeps are still in use today in Europe .A short slide presentation will show how skeps are made and feature the making of the “World’s Largest Skep”.

Flowers, insects and other pollinators have had millions of years to develop amazing interrelationships to insure and improve each others survival. This Power Point  program gives the viewer a close-up and better understanding of how the flower attracts pollinators and how the pollinator finds and adapts to the flower. Some attention is given to the evolution of flowers and pollinators. Planting for pollinators will also be included for garden clubs.


Description: "How sweet it is". Maple syrup production [sugaring], an early American activity learned from the Indians, is featured in this slide-lecture program. The program begins with a look at the early search for something sweet. The importance of 'sugaring' during the early formation of our country, the techniques of collection and the natural history of producing trees are also featured. A short movie produced 75 years ago of a sugar bush operation in Ann Arbor will also be viewed. “THOSE AMAZING INSECT EATING PLANTS”

In the US and throughout the world there are unusual plants that supplement their nutritional needs by trapping and digesting animal life. From the passive traps of the pitcher plant to the active traps of the sundews and Venus-fly-traps this program will provide a close-up view and better understanding of these plants. The unique habitats where these plants live will also be featured.


Using close-up photography this slide-lecture program features the beautiful spring wild flowers found in woods, bogs and other wetland habitats. The medicinal uses, early American folklore and mythology of these native plants is also featured. Some attention is devoted to using native plantings in the home environment.

More about Mr. Sutherland -

Roger Sutherland, Naturalist, Professor Emeritus, Schoolcraft College, after an early career in Physical Therapy, taught biological sciences for 34 years prior to retirement. He is Past President of Michigan Audubon Society, Michigan Beekeepers’ Association, and Michigan Botanical Club-Huron Valley Chapter. 1987 “Beekeeper of the Year” and 2001 “Silver Skep award recipient. Twice named “Outstanding Educator of the Year”. For the past twenty-five years he has been presenting nature programs for a large number of clubs and groups. Along with his wife Mary they have conducted nature and wild flower courses, led many nature walks, and  conducted the “Beaver Island Adventure” for many years.


Michael Craig

address:          12534 Pinecrest Drive Plymouth, MI 48170
cell phone:      (248) 766-5401
email:     or
preferred contact:     cell or email
Honorarium:               none [reimbursement for fuel and mileage]
Travel:            Willing to travel up to an hour

Speaking Topics:    School Gardening, Vegetable Crops, Management and Production, Raised Bed / Cold Frame, Strawbale Gardening, Gardening on a Budget

Gardening Education:      Macomb Master Gardener 2013

More about Mr. Craig -
Very active in urban farming network, building corporate partnerships, extension knowledge of vegetable gardening.